8 Detroit Lions Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2011

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8 Detroit Lions Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2011
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Once upon a time, long, long ago, the Detroit Lions were a team devoid of talent.

Be it talent on the field, the sidelines, or the front office, there was not much to be excited about as a Lions fan way back then.

Turns out that was actually a little over two years ago. Doesn't it seem like much longer?

Moreover, doesn't it seem like it would take a team with no talent, no leadership, no identity and no answers would take more than two-and-a-half offseasons to acquire all of the above?

The Lions have done just that, and therefore, they find themselves now with an uncharacteristic ability to pick and choose their roster from talented football players.

That means good news for the Lions and their fans, and bad news for the marginally talented players who would have been shoo-ins on the Lions' 2008 roster.

Certainly, there are a number of players who would have been starters a few years ago who will be fighting for their jobs this year. And I'm not talking about players like Aaron Brown or Bryant Johnson, who will need small miracles to even make the 53-man roster.

I'm talking about players who are likely to play a big role with the 2011 Lions, but may or may not next year based on their performance.

Players like...

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